This morning I’m going to shave with a soap that I’ve had for a while but have not reached for in some time. That soap is Barrister & Mann Latha. My face is feeling healthy and stubbly. The chin zit has finally retreated, and I’m expecting a good smooth shave. Let’s give Latha a go.
Preparation: Hot shower
Blade: Gillette 7 O’clock Super Platinum “Gillette Black” Razor Blade
Soap: Barrister & Mann Latha Shaving Soap
Brush: Omega #S10065 S-Brush Synthetic Boar Bristle Brush
Finish: Fine Accoutrements L’Orange Noir Aftershave Splash
That was an honestly good shave. The Omega S-Brush and Latha get along quite well. Loading the damp S-Brush from the dry Barrister & Mann Latha puck was a simple task as a good dense paste built between the fiber after 20 seconds or so of swirling. I painted a coat of paste on my freshly showered and damp face. Then, I whipped up a lot of dense and creamy face lather that was reasonably slick as well. B&M Latha and the Omega S-Brush really like one another. After a few dips of the brush into a pool of hot tap water, I had more lather on my face and in the brush than I’ve seen in some time. Perhaps I overloaded the brush. Regardless, Latha produces a remarkable amount of high quality lather that lasted for three passes and a little touching up. I probably could have accomplished four passes if I felt the need.
I deviated from my usual two pass shave of one pass with the growth, and one pass across the growth to add in a third pass in the other direction across the whisker pattern. I thought, “why not, I have a ton of Latha lather.” The iKon #102 ShaveCraft slant gave another smooth experience with its efficient slicing tilt/slant head design. Every time I shave with the iKon #102, I appreciate it more and more. This was the third shave on the Gillette 7 O’clock Black blade, and I began to feel it. It did not feel quite as sharp as the first two shaves, although it accomplished the job just fine. I’ve yet to find a razor blade that feels as sharp on the third shave as it does on the first. Perhaps that is asking too much, yet I do hear of guys getting 5, 6, 7+ shaves out of various blades. It baffles me.
The scent of Barrister & Mann Latha is marketed as a classic barbershop style. I did not experience any scent even remotely similar to a barbershop scented soap I’ve used previously. Rather, off the puck, B&M Latha oozed with a naturally sweet honeycomb fragrance that I found appealing. As I whipped up the face lather, the sweetness subsided and left a pleasant wildflower note in its wake. The aroma dissipated as I completed the three passes and was mostly extinguished as I completed my final rinse. I appreciate a soap that is not too scent heavy that it lingers and mixes with my finishing products. Latha gave a clean and soft post shave that felt comforting and clean.
I topped the shave off with a few drops of Fine Accoutrements L’Orange Noir aftershave. Similar to other Mr. Fine aftershave creations, a splash of L’Orange Noir resulted in a bracing alcohol sting and scent at first that quickly evolved into a soothing cool tingle of menthol. I spent a few minutes cleaning up my shave tools and enjoyed the menthol burst that then faded and left a pleasantly smoky orange zest aroma. The earthy citrus fragrance lessened somewhat quickly and my face felt smooth, tight and clean if not slightly dry.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 5
Overall – 4.67 An honestly good shave. I’m a LathaMan!
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